Vincentians who wish to bring in or are receiving meat or meat products this holiday season for their personal use from another country are reminded that they must first obtain an import permit from the Animal Health and Production Division, in the Ministry of Agriculture.
Permits will be granted for meat and meat products in their original commercial packaging brought from the United States of America, New Zealand, Canada and Australia. These products must not exceed 25 pounds (11kg).
Importation of poultry and poultry products from the United Kingdom (UK) is prohibited at this time due to the Avian Influenza outbreak. However, other types of meat from the UK have not been restricted.
Food products of animal origin include but are not limited to: fresh, frozen or chilled cuts of meat or poultry; eggs, cooked, smoked, cured, pickled, salted, dried or canned products, for example, sausages, hams, hamburger and other raw meat patties, hot dogs, haggis and blood sausages.
Also included are pastries containing meat fillings, for example, patties, meat rolls, roti and pizzas.
Applications for permits should be made at the office of the Animal Health and Production Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Richmond Hill, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Persons may call 493-1749 and 456-1111 ext. 326 or visit the Animal Health and Production Division at Richmond Hill, Kingstown.